Sydney estate agents arrested over ‘outrageous’ $2m drug and fraud scheme

The arrests related to a 52-year-old real estate agent who was stopped by police in his vehicle in Cecil Hills around 7 a.m. Wednesday. During a search of his vehicle, police located and seized $5,000 in cash and cell phones.

He was charged with 10 offences, including knowingly directing the activities of a criminal group; participating in a criminal group and contributing to criminal activity; two counts of cultivation of a prohibited plant; two counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception; and two counts of knowingly handling the proceeds of crime and making and using a false document to obtain a financial advantage.

A 44-year-old man was also arrested at a home in Bonnyrigg on Wednesday, where a number of items were seized during a search warrant at a home in Cecil Hills. He was charged with cultivating a prohibited plant and participating in criminal activities.

Both men were denied bail and are due to appear in Fairfield Local Court on Thursday.

Later Wednesday, two 35-year-old men and a 37-year-old woman were arrested at Fairfield Police Station.

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One of the 35, a Middleton Grange estate agent, was charged with nine offences. The other, a 35-year-old man from Smithfield, was charged with participating in a criminal group and two counts of growing a banned plant.

The 37-year-old, also a realtor, was charged with eight offences. All three were denied bail and will appear in court in Fairfield on Thursday.

A 23-year-old man was also arrested in Marrickville and charged with participating in a criminal group and four counts of growing a banned plant. He appeared in Newtown Local Court on Wednesday and was granted a strict conditional bond. He will appear in Fairfield Local Court on May 25.

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